Thursday, December 21, 2017
Dollar Tree Grifter
I got called back to the adult transition center. It's been a while, but I remembered that they go out on Mondays and Fridays, so I wore my walking shoes.
It was Friday. The prior day, the class had voted on where they were going to go, and the Dollar Tree store won. It was less than a mile from the school, so we'd walk it.
Before we left, the instructional aide questioned each student on how much money they had. Then he told them how many things they could pick up. (Most were looking for coloring books.)
The students didn't take very long to make their selections. I stood at the front of the store, monitoring as they made their purchases. (The aide was still in the back, keeping an eye on the student who liked to go into the back, just because.) The line was long, so I kind of zoned out.
Then the cashier called me over. Naomi had handed her $3 for a purchase of over $6. Oops.
I asked the cashier to cancel the sale. Naomi and I needed to pare down her selections to two. Before the cashier could void the sale and before we stepped out of the long line, a woman behind us offered a $10 bill. She said she wanted to make up the difference.
Now, this was really sweet of her, but I declined. I assumed that the purpose of the exercise (them going out to a store and purchasing stuff) was for them to know how much they could afford and choose what they were going to purchase accordingly. I said something of the sort to the nice lady, and we moved aside.
Naomi picked out two from the six books she'd selected, and I had Naomi get back in line.
In short order, the rest of the class (on this day we had five students with us) finished their purchases, and we were on our way back to school.
While we were walking, I told the aide of Naomi's oopsie.
The aide told me that this was a pattern with Naomi. And not only that, this wasn't the first time that someone offered to make up the difference.
So, Naomi may have been anticipating some "help" with her purchase.